Kike Dr Bernard Norman Barwin founded Canadians for Choice and has been President since 2004.
He was the President of the Canadian Fertility Society, the Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada and Planned Parenthood Ottawa.
Kike Barwin was born in South Africa. He was the Director of the High Risk Pregnancy Clinic and co-director of the Ottawa General Hospital’s fertility clinic, but was forced to quit in 1984 because he was not a gynaecologist in Canada. He then established his own gynaecology clinic, though still licensed only as a general physician.
1997: Kike Barwin was appointed to the Order of Canada for having a “profound impact on both the biological and psycho-social aspects of women’s reproductive health.”
1995: Loree-Ann Huard and Wanda Cowton sued Kike Barwin for using the wrong sperm donor. The dyke couple and Barwin settled out of court in 1998.
1997: Kike Barwin was appointed to the Order of Canada.
2010: Two former patients of Kike Barwin brought lawsuits against him alleging that he had inseminated them with the wrong sperm.
2013: Kike Barwin admitted to professional misconduct in regards to four women who were artificially inseminated with the wrong sperm. A panel of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario found Kike Barwin guilty of one of three counts of professional misconduct. They issued an official reprimand, revoked his license practice for two months, and ordered him to cover the $3,650 cost of the disciplinary proceedings. A review of the incidences could find no “evident” reasons for the error.
2013: Kike Barwin resigned his appointment to the Order of Canada, and it was formally removed later that year.
2016: Former patients of Kike Barwin brought a class action against Barwin on behalf of his former patients and the children that Barwin helped conceive at his clinic, the Broadview Fertility Clinic. The statement of claim alleged that Kike Barwin used his own sperm when inseminating his patient.
Canadian doctor accused of using own sperm in IVF treatment
DNA suggests Dr Norman Barwin illicitly fathered 11 children after couple find husband’s sperm was not used to conceive their daughter
By Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian, 6 Apr 2018
A Canadian fertility doctor is facing accusations of using his own sperm to inseminate 11 of his clients, in a class action lawsuit that claims he did so without their knowledge or consent.
The proposed lawsuit against Dr Norman Barwin was first launched in 2016 by an Ottawa family who claimed that the prominent doctor had used his own sperm – rather than that of the family’s father – to conceive their daughter in 1990.
In the months following, the lawyers behind the lawsuit said they had heard from more than 150 individuals with concerns about the doctor’s conduct dating back to the late 1970s.
On Thursday the lawyers said that DNA investigations suggest that 11 individuals whose parents had turned to the doctor for treatment are the biological children of Barwin.
Those involved are very distressed, lawyer Peter Cronyn told the Ottawa Citizen. “My heart goes out to all of them. Many have demonstrated tremendous courage and are trying their best. It has been very hard.”
The previous statement of claim is currently being amended to include the new allegations, he added. The lawsuit has yet to be certified as a class action.
The lawsuit will also include the concerns of another 51 people whose DNA bore no resemblance to the individuals they had believed to be their fathers. In 16 of these cases, the DNA did not match that of the male parent, while another 35 individuals – all of which had used anonymous donors – were found to have DNA that did not match that of the intended donor. In these cases, the identity of the biological fathers remains unknown.
When contacted by the Guardian, Barwin’s lawyer declined to comment. None of the allegations against Barwin have been tested in court.
The initial statement of claim stemmed from the experience of Davina and Daniel Dixon, who turned to Barwin for help conceiving in 1989. Their daughter Rebecca was born soon after.
More than two decades later a family doctor – responding to questions over how two parents with blue eyes could have conceived a daughter with brown eyes – suggested blood tests. The results suggested that it was impossible that the pair could be father and daughter, according to court documents. DNA testing later backed this finding, suggesting that the probability of paternity was 0.0%.
“I remember just this wave of shock going through my body,” the daughter, Rebecca, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation at the time. “It’s not something that you ever would imagine.”
DNA tests later compared her with another woman who – after an ancestry website linked her to one of the doctor’s relatives – said she had been told by Barwin that he was her biological father. The test suggested that the two were “half sisters by way of the same biological father”, according to court documents.
The case has made waves in Ottawa, where Barwin was a high-profile doctor who in 1997 was awarded one of the country’s top honors in recognition of the profound impact his work had had on women’s reproductive health. He stopped practicing in 2014, one year after his license was suspended for two months after he admitted inseminating four women with the wrong sperm.